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A funny thing happened on the way back to Islandista

I never thought I’d be away so long. But in 2014-2015, I truly needed to take a break from Islandista. Don’t get me wrong. I still loved it. I still got a buzz when I spotted my favourite islandistas out and shining or when I discovered ‘new’ islandistas excelling and doing it with ineffable island […]

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Violence & the Labour Day parade

So there has been a lot of chatter this week about violence and the annual West Indian American Day Carnival festivities (aka Labour Day parade) in New York City. A fatal shooting in Crown Heights has been controversially linked to the celebration, much to the anger of some in the Caribbean community in NYC. Caribbean-American […]

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In praise of the praise songs of West Indian men

Who says Caribbean men don’t show their emotions? Just today in town, I got two passionate declarations of love – in an hour and a half! And none of them were from my man! The first a fervent “Ras…I love that size” as I entered a boutique. The second a more straightforward “Empress, I love […]